1605 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joshua Sylvester

R. N., "To his Friend, M. Jos. Syl." Joshua Sylvester, Bartas, his Devine Weekes and Workes (1605) sig. B7.



Had golden Homer, and great Maro kept
In envious silence their admired measures,
A thousand Worthies worthie deedes had slept;
They, reft of praise; and we, of learned pleasures.
But O, what rich incomparable treasures
Had the world wanted, had this modern glory,
Divine du BARTAS hid his heavenly ceasures,
Singing the mightie Worlds immortall story?
O then how deeply is our Ile beholding
To Chapman, and to Phaer: but yet much more
To thee (deere SYLVESTER) for thus unfolding
Those holy wonders, hid from us before?
Those workes profound, are yet profane; but thine,
Grave, learned, deepe, delightfull, and divine.